18 days in South Africa & Zanzibar Archipelago Itinerary

18 days in South Africa & Zanzibar Archipelago Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, Drive to Unguja City
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Unguja City, Tanzania
— 5 nights
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Drive to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City

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Cape Town, South Africa

— 2 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, get great views at Cape Point, and then do a tasting at Klein Constantia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary builder site.

New York City, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Cape Town is 7 hours. Traveling from New York City in April, expect Cape Town to be a bit warmer, temps between 76°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Beaches

Stellenbosch, South Africa

— 2 nights

City of Oaks

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Eikehof, see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at First South African Perfume Museum and then take a memorable drive along Franschhoek Pass.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Stellenbosch driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Stellenbosch takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Stellenbosch, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can fly to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Kruger National Park, South Africa

— 4 nights
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Change things up with a short trip to Big Boabab in Gravelotte (about 1h 40 min away). Spend the 10th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, and take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kruger National Park day trip planner.

You can fly from Stellenbosch to Kruger National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 1 night

City of Light

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Mandela House, examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Unguja City.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Historic Sites

Unguja City, Tanzania

— 5 nights
Step out of Unguja City with an excursion to Space Station Zanzibar in Tunguu--about 32 minutes away.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Unguja City holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Johannesburg to Unguja City with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Unguja City is 1 hour. When traveling from Johannesburg in April, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Unguja City: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 76°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Unguja City

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

South Africa travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

Zanzibar Archipelago travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
A chain of islands in the Indian Ocean, the Zanzibar Archipelago has long served as home to a fascinating local culture. A vacation on the Zanzibar Archipelago will steep you in a bygone era where Persian influences mingle with traces of Swahili and Indian, and residents chat or play bao, a traditional board game, against a backdrop of Indo-Arabian architecture. Tour Zanzibar Archipelago's farming communities and fishing villages to mingle with the locals, taste the local seafood cuisine, and rest on sandy beaches in shades of palm trees.